Danny Phantom - Season 1
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And you thought the hassles of everyday high school life were bad! Meet Danny Fenton, a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. The son of two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost-hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam. All 20 Original Episodes From The First Season Of The Hit Series!
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1. Mystery Meat
2. One of a Kind (supposed to be episode 3)
3. Parental Bonding (supposed to be episode 2)
4. Attack of the Killer Garage Sale
5. Splitting Images
6. What You Want
7. Bitter Reunions
8. Prisoners of Love
9. My Brother's Keeper
10. Shades of Gray
11. Fanning the Flames
12. Teacher of the Year
14. Public Enemies
15. Fright Night
16. Maternal Instinct
17. Lucky in Love
18. Life Lessons
19. The Million Dollar Ghost
20. Control Freaks
I hope that helps anyone thinking of buying this great DVD release of this wonderful show!!!
Season One starts at the beginning, where we're introduced to the main cast and their eccentric personalities. Little by little, the majority of them grow into their defined roles: Danny slowly gains confidence as he balances hero life with his normal alter ego, his older sister Jazz realizes the truth behind her brother and supports his decision in secret while softly embracing her family's ghost life, Valerie turns from a spoiled, rich brat to a kick butt ghost hunter out for revenge (and later, justice), etc. But truly it is the character Vlad Masters who shines with his debonair, mysterious, and complicated persona--his opposites and similarities with Danny all clear--a myth arc that plays a key role on Danny's struggle with darkness. There's a lot of continuity despite half of the episodes remaining as filler, but since it's the first season, those are meant to establish the characters and elements we all learned to love over time.
THE GOOD: "Parental Bonding" takes in numerous subplots and mixes them flawlessly. "What You What" is a roller coaster look into Tucker's inferior complex towards his newly supercharged best friend, delivered without hamming the emotions or loosing any. "Bitter Reunions" breaks the status quo and marks the beginning of the manipulatively awesome Vlad. "Shades of Gray" takes a pre-existing character and breathes new life into her as Valerie turns from pampered princess to hardened ghost hunter. "Fanning the Flames" established a solid story while making the Danny/Sam romance lovable (a farcry when Season Three makes it deplorable). "Public Enemies" raises the bar by having an antagonist succeed and Danny maturing to accept his duties. "Maternal Instincts" gives a topnotch performance between the mother/son relationship between Danny and Maddie and "Control Freaks" managed to prove Sam is more then just Danny's would-be love interest. But the best episode in Season One is the magnificent "My Brother's Keeper" which begins the excellent character development of Danny's older sister Jazz who starts off as a know-it-all constantly shielding Danny from the harsh realities of life. There, she begins to see the potential in her kid brother. It is, in my opinion, the most sentimental and heartwarming out of all the Danny Phantom episodes.
THE EH, AVERAGE: "Mystery Meat" properly introduces the characters and backgrounds, but falters in the second half with less-then-believable subplots. "One Of A Kind" shows the first sign of DP's use of Major Plot A and minor subplot B. "Attack of the Killer Garage Sale" is fine, but clumsily tries to tie Danny's heroism and normalcy that others succeed better in. "Prisoners of Love" does a commendable job showcasing the radically different Ghost Zone, but is tackled with a dumb subplot involve stereotypical rednecks and a predictable romance. "Teacher Of The Year" is so morally focused that it feels less Action/Comedy, more Saturday Morning educational program. "13" is decent, but lacks oomph. "Lucky in Love" enhances the Love Arc and boosts some secondary characters, but is otherwise unremarkable and "the Million Dollar Ghost" has a confusing Xanatos Gambit from Vlad and a faulty father/son bonding between Danny and Jack.
THE DOWNRIGHT BAD: "Splitting Images" which is all-around deplorable. Despite triggering Danny's Growing Darkness Arc, it's meshed with a antagonist who lost his purpose halfway through the series and a jarring concept of right vs. wrong between Danny and Sam. And lastly "Fright Night" which degrades Danny's current growth by making him unlikeable and jerky.
The DVD only covers the first 13 episodes. There are no extras, but the episodes themselves are in good quality. And I will give Nickelodeon credit; they did put the episodes in their PROPER chronological order. All except "Parental Bonding" (episode two) and "One of a Kind" (episode 3) which got switched with each other. The DVD covers, both front and back are also prone to error. The first volume alone for example has Danny with his "DP" chest insignia; something he does not receive until Season Two (partly covered in the second DVD).
Hardcore fans will feel ripped off while the casual (the type who considers DVD extras more luxury then mandatory) may enjoy it. Now that the DVD contains all 20 episodes in on boxed set, the once high price is slightly more reasonable, but be warned that it still does not contain any extras, let along subtitles.
Save your money for a REAL box set that has all twenty episodes, plus extras and everything a season box set should have. This, sadly, isn't it.
It's a scary good time with the complete first season of Danny Phantom! Cheer Danny on as he battles the school Lunch Lady who transforms into a 50-foot pile of mystery meat, help him stop technological ghost master Technus from taking over the world's computers, and enter the Ghost Zone with Danny on his quest to...rescue a package? It's a season full of out-of-this-wor'ld adventure at your fingertips!
Mystery Meat (Aired April 3, 2004)- A 14-year old boy, Danny Fenton has recently gained ghostly powers and is still learning to use them. Danny's best friend, Sam Manson, has convinced the school to change its lunch menu to one that suits her ultra-recyclo-vegetarian tastes, thus angering the students and a ghostly lunch lady.
One of a Kind (Aired April 10, 2004)- Danny figures out a way to raise his grade while fending off rogue ghost hunter Skulker.
Parental Bonding (Aired April 10, 2004)- Danny tries his might to ask Paulina out on a date while trying to fend off a ghost dragon at the same time.
Attack of the Killer Garage Sale (Aired April 17, 2004)- Danny's garage sale to raise money for an outfit goes bust when he has to confront Nicholai Technus, the ghost master of technology.
*Splitting Images- (Aired April 24, 2004)- Danny must deal with a teenage ghost nerd who wants revenge on bullies for what he had to suffer through.
What You Want (Aired May 1, 2004)- When Danny's best friend Tucker expresses jealousy over his ghost power, he gets his wish to have one of his own by ghost genie Desiree, but he's slowly succumbing to its ghostly powers.
*Bitter Reunions (Aired May 8, 2004)- An invite to Jack and Maddie's college reunion goes wrong when Danny meets with another half ghost like himself, Vlad Masters.
Prisoners of Love (May 15, 2004)- Danny gets caught by law enforcer ghost Walker in the ghost zone and sentence to spend 1000 years in prison alongside with his old foes, all the while facing the possibility of his parents getting divorced!
My Brother's Keeper (Aired June 25, 2004)- A new guidance counselor named Penelope Spectra starts a chain reaction of depressed students while Jazz tries to figure out her brother's strange behavior.
Shades of Gray (Aired September 24, 2004)- An encounter with Danny Phantom and a ghost dog turns Valerie's life upsidedown. Now she swears revenge on Danny and the ghost dog for ruining her life.
*Fanning the Flames (Aired October 8, 2004)- Ember, a rock star ghost, uses her music to take over the world. To keep Danny Phantom from interfering with her plans, she puts a love spell on him so that Danny falls madly in love with Sam.
*Teacher of the Year (Aired October 15, 2004)- As Technus invades the contents of an online game, Lancer makes sure Danny works hard to pass his grade.
"13" (Aired November 5, 2004)- Jazz falls madly in love with a biker unaware he is a ghost sent by his girlfriend, Kitty to find a suitable host for her to live in.
Public Enemies (Aired October 28, 2004)- Walker plans to make Danny Amity Park's public enemy #1 while Danny befriends a ghost wolf named Wulf.
*Fright Night (Aired October 29, 2004)- Danny and Dash compete to put on the best Halloween exhibit, so when Danny reads up in the legend of the Fright Knight, he takes his sword only for the Fright Knight to invade Amity Park.
Maternal Instincts (Aired February 18, 2005)- Maddie, wanting to bond with her son, takes Danny to a mother/son convention, only to be tricked and ending up right in the Rocky Mountains where Vlad suspiciously awaits for them both.
Lucky in Love (Aired February 11, 2005)- Paulina suddenly has a desire to date Danny after witnessing his secret as the ghost boy, much to his joy, but things turn sour when Johnny 13 crashes the party.
Life Lessons (Aired February 25, 2005)- Danny and Valerie hardly get along, but unfortunately the two are stuck watching over a flour sack for school while at the same time having to avoid Skulker, who is clearly on both their tails.
The Million Dollar Ghost (Aired June 3, 2005)- Vlad Plasmius sends a million dollar bounty on Danny's head to keep him busy while he steals the Fenton's ghost portal.
Control Freaks (Aired June 17, 2005)- When Sam hears about the new Goth circus, Circus Gothica, her overprotective, over peppy parents forbid her. She still goes, and discovers the ringmaster, Freakshow, uses a staff that control ghosts and has come to add Danny to his employment.
Note: Episodes marked with a * means that the episodes were repeated from the Nick Picks DVD's.
5 episodes are repeated on this DVD.
Nice DVD for the fans.